Backstory on Skogquist as mayor of Anoka on his way to commissoner candidate. The experts urge citizens of dysfunctional cities like Anoka to "educate yourself". Scenario three- the plot thickens:
Uh, Oh. The little guy with the big head turns out to be a career politician who wants to dominate advisory boards, put in place some new overriding vision to replace all other plans carefully laid in place and expects to be able to direct staff himself to push his singular agenda- self promotion. Your manager says:
1. I can work with you on that. I'll just craft an "economic coordinator" position, Chris Heineman, and place him under me. Call 302 Fremont done. The Planning Dept I'll move from Community Development, and again place directly under me. That covers rezoning, HPC, etc. The new HRA position ditto. You, mr. mayor, already recommend HRA appts., so you can just expand that from 5 to 7 and put your people in there. Your HRA board chairman can be assigned to control any development process in the city (like the Library park) and hold conservation easements.
After all, as you've been saying: "the HRA can do things the council can't". These maneuvers will effectively allow you to bypass the council when fully implemented.
Then you won't have to endure all the "scrutiny and minutiae" you have complained about.
That should help you direct and control your extreme agenda with the least amount of hassle from citizens and those few professional staff we have left. I'll go on record again and say, "the mayor can do whatever he wants" and assist where I can with agendas, staff recommends, etc. When I can't bully and intimidate, I'll do my greasy charm thing. (Just don't call me "your manager" in public meetings. People might catch on. . .and it's a little humiliating when I'm called your assistant in letters to the editor.)
Where I can't, you can load council chambers with. . .what does Erik Skogquist call them? Citizens? No - rabble. You can do the rabble thing and bully everyone.
It is unfortunate your attempt to turn the EDC into an EDA and that earlier "Visioning" effort didn't pan out.
End of Scenario.
There has been eight long years of just plain fooling around as Bjorn and Erik Skogquist try to take over aspects of city government. Some wins, some losses for their game.
All losses for the City of Anoka.